Height: 6'3"
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Seward, Neb.
High School: Seward
Major: Biological Systems Engineering


Honors & Awards
» Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2019)
» Academic All-Big Ten (2018)

» Nebraska Scout Team Defensive MVP (2015)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017, 2018; Spring 2018, 2019)

» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

2019 Season Outlook
Senior safety Reid Karel enters the 2019 season with an opportunity to earn playing time on the Husker defense and special teams. A walk-on from Seward, Neb., Karel has provided valuable depth in the secondary throughout his career. The 6-3, 215-pound Karel has played in 18 games in his Nebraska career, primarily in a special teams role.

Karel was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2018 and earned a bachelor’s degree in management in May of 2019. A four-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll member, he will play this fall as a graduate student. Karel is also one of Nebraska's most active student-athletes in the community. He is a four-time Brook Berringer and Tom Citizenship Team selection for his community outreach efforts.

2018 (Junior)
Karel appeared in five games as a junior on special teams, playing in the Minnesota, Bethune-Cookman, Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa games. Karel also saw action in the secondary against Bethune-Cookman, although he did not have a tackle on the season.

2017 (Sophomore)
Karel saw action in all 12 games as a sophomore. He played exclusively on special teams and was a key member of several units, although he did not record a tackle on the season. In addition to his special teams role, Karel also added depth in the Husker secondary.

2016 (Redshirt Freshman)
Karel provided depth at safety for the Huskers. He appeared in his first game in the Music City Bowl against Tennessee, seeing action on special teams. 

2015 (Redshirt)
Karel was part of the 105-man fall camp roster and added depth in the secondary. He was the Scout Team Defensive MVP for his work in practice.

Before Nebraska (Seward HS)
Karel joined Nebraska as a walk-on after excelling at quarterback for Seward High School. Karel threw for nearly 2,000 yards with 14 touchdown passes during his senior season. He also rushed for 270 yards and six touchdowns. Karel led Coach Jamie Opfer’s team to an 8-3 record before the Bluejays lost in the Class B state quarterfinals.

Karel was an honorable-mention all-state pick by both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star. Karel was also a member of the basketball and baseball teams over his final three seasons. As a senior in baseball, Karel produced a .484 on-base percentage and scored 16 runs.

Reid was born on July 7, 1997, and he is the son of Michael and Lisa Karel. He majored in management and earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2019. He has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, School is Cool, Kids Against Hunger and local hospital visits. 


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